Director: F. Gary Gray
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Bruce McGill,
Colm Meaney, Leslie Bibb, Michael Irby, Regina Hall
RunTime: 1 hr 49 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films & InnoForm
Rating: NC-16 (Some Violence and Coarse Language)
Official Website: http://gamerthemovie.com
Opening Day: 21 January 2010
a home invasion robbery turns deadly, the lone survivor will
stop at nothing
to avenge his lost loved ones in Law Abiding Citizen, an explosive
examination of blind justice from the director of The Italian
Shelton (Gerard Butler) is an upstanding family man whose
wife and daughter are brutally murdered during a home invasion.
When the killers are caught, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), a hotshot
Philadelphia prosecutor, is assigned to the case. Nick offers
one of the suspects a light sentence in exchange for testifying
against his accomplice.
Fast forward ten years. The man who got away
with murder is found dead and
Clyde Shelton coolly admits his guilt. Then he issues a warning
to Nick: Either fix the flawed justice system that failed
his family, or key players in the trial will die.
Soon Shelton follows through on his threats, orchestrating
from his jail cell a
string of spectacularly diabolical assassinations that can
be neither predicted nor
prevented. Philadelphia is gripped with fear as Shelton’s
high-profile targets are slain one after another and the authorities
are powerless to halt his reign of terror. Only Nick can stop
the killing, and to do so he must outwit this brilliant sociopath
in a harrowing contest of wills in which even the smallest
misstep means death. With his own family now in Shelton’s
crosshairs, Nick finds himself in a desperate race against
time facing a deadly adversary who seems always to be one
Everyone loves a tale of revenge and mischief. Good guy falls
into the hands of the bad guys. Tragedy happens and survives
to tell the tale. Good guy comes back for some whooping ass.
Its best served cold but "Law Abiding Citizen" threads
carefully along a fine thin line, making the audience torn
between the two sides.
The story in one hand, Cylde, a good husband/dad who was brutally
assaulted in his own home during a random break-in resulted
in the death of his wife and daughter. The other, assistant
DA Nick Rice, a hard cased prosecutor assigned to take a plea
unsatisfactory to Clyde. Pent-up anger prevails as the one
known to Clyde that murdered his family is going to be free
in 10 years was too much for him, he took justice in his own
hands. Not just to the one that got a way, but the whole justice
system that allowed to do so.
Hard to believe one man can create such chaos right? And would
you believe all this madness rained on the city of Philadelphia,
while he was in prison. That's right. In prison. Gary Gray,
the director, who's line of work such as "The Italian
Job" and "The Negotiator", builds its intrigue
beautifully and very much applaud its effort but somehow,
things doesn't add up as the story went along. Loop holes
seem to be popping up everywhere, suspending you in disbelief,
pulling all the strings it could find. On some level, a little
insinuating that the director is taking you for a blind joy
ride but i must admit, it was kinda fun. The scene where Clyde,
in court, pleading not guilty, in my book, was quite a kick
in the gut awesome. If only the whole film was that clever
and played around with the system like so.
Acting overall was on par within expectation. Gerard was his
usual epic self. A ruthless spartan he will always be in my
heart, wishing he could just do that one swift kick to the
one that got away to his deathly hallows, but he needed more.
Gerard held his balance between self-doubt and internal anger
making him much a joy to watch and unfold. Jamie, doing what
he does best, doesn't seem any different for his other roles
and served a satisfactory performance.
The problem with this film, besides it's Swiss-cheese facade,
is that it took too much balancing between right and wrong.
Every aspect of the film had its counter balance and the audience
are left half-hearten throughout the duration of the film.
Yes, true life has its grey areas, but we want to see mayhem
without us feeling remorse that we enjoyed the carnage. We
want to see those who are guilty get punished and get what
they deserve, not see some sweet lawyers get blown up because
they didn't meet some timing that he demanded. That's just
cruel. With so much build-up, the ending was rather a let
down. Wrapping up too quickly and such a simple plan was all
that it took. Somehow its hard to believe such a genius would
leave such a gaping hole uncovered.
(A tense thriller that falls undecided between the
lines of good and bad)
Review by Lokman B S